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Balancing the Needs of Different Relationships
How do you find your balance while doing so many different things for others? Balancing all the different relationships in our lives is not easy. Unconsciously, we treat each relationship differently. For example, the relationship between you and your parents might be handled differently than the relationships between you and friends, a spouse, or other relatives.

Save Your Eyes with Food
Your mother may have been on the right track about carrots protecting your eyes after all. It turns out that as we age, we can develop all sorts of eye related problems – some of which may cause vision loss. As with most age-related physical problems, one way to ward off what seems like an inevitable decline is through our diets.

Living with Dad's Vision Loss
We could never understand the full impact of what it would be like to lose our eyesight unless it happened to us. I am beginning to understand as I watch my Dad, who is losing his sight, go through the process. He had lost the sight in his right eye many years ago and recently the other eye has begun to fail him.

Vitamin D Deficiency and Seniors
“Go outside and get some sun!” How many times have we heard this as children? It turns out that there is a great deal of wisdom to this statement! Vitamin D deficiency has become, according to some, a world-wide pandemic. There are estimates that more than 50% of elderly people are seriously deficient of this important nutrient.

Making the Nursing Home Decision
The decision to enter a nursing home is one of the most challenging a caregiver must face. It is also a time of great stress often for the person entering a nursing home. While the quality of life in nursing homes varies from place to place, hardly anyone is excited about the prospect of leaving their own home.

Is it Possible to Die of a Broken Heart?
Broken heart syndrome sounds like a myth, but it is real. Broken Heart Syndrome takes place in an older person who loses a partner after being together for a long time. Although this phenomenon has been around and "known" for centuries, studies have only recently been done.

Avoiding Senior Loneliness
People need companionship. "Older adults who maintain meaningful, satisfying relationships weather life's stressors to emerge happier, healthier and wiser than people who do not," says psychologist John Cacioppo, Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, in a USA Today Article about loneliness. People in one study, who reported feeling lonely, had a 43% increased risk of death. And elderly people are often lonely .

Guide to Spring Cleaning the Elderly Household
Spring Cleaning the Elderly Household One of the jobs of a family caregiver is to help an aging parent or relative with old-fashioned housekeeping. Routine house cleaning can be done easily on a regular basis. But, every so often, the house needs a more thorough cleaning. Getting outside help, if your parent is okay with this, can be a good idea. Knowing ahead of time what tasks you will assign to that person can seriously reduce the load of spring cleaning while also caregiving! Whether you do it yourself or get help, here are some special considerations for seniors.

Signs of a Heart Attack in Older Adults
We often think of a heart attack occurring like it does in the movies. The victim will suddenly grab his chest, fall to the floor, proclaims “I am having a heart attack,” and passes out cold.

How to Have a Healthy Heart - The AMA's "Simple 7"
Want to reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular diseases and stoke? A few years ago, the American Heart Association (AHA) launched a program known as “ Life’s Simple 7 .” Their goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all American by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% - all by the year 2020. To achieve this goal, their program aims to help people identify and adopt healthier lifestyle choices.

How Sleep Affects Weight
Most of us think we have to eat lettuce and carrots all day and run a few miles to lose weight. While diet and exercise are certainly important components of maintaining a healthy weight, it is becoming more clear that sleep plays a significant role. We are considered overweight when our " Body Mass Index (BMI) " is over 25.

Gratitude
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy What does this quote mean? Kennedy may have been talking about showing our thanks to others through our actions - which is certainly a form of gratitude. But, acting on gratitude may also mean that instead of just paying lip service to the idea that we are grateful for the things and people in our lives, we actually take an active approach to practicing gratitude on a daily basis.

Religion and Dying
A general philosophy of life and death - and of something bigger than ourselves - will come into focus when we face the death of a loved one or our own terminal illness.

What You Can Do To Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer who discovered changes in the brain of a person who died after an unusual mental illness. He examined the patient’s brain and found that it had abnormal clumps and tangled bundles of fibers as well as the loss of connections between nerve cells causing these cells to die off.

6 Easy Ways to Prevent Arthritis
While surgery and medications can help arthritis sufferers, the best course is to not get arthritis to begin with! Preventing a disease like arthritis does not have to require hours at the gym or a closet full of vitamins or special health food concoctions!

Health Benefits of Pets for Elderly People
It appears that owning a pet can be very good for you! For seniors, it can literally save lives. What kinds of pets and how to go about owning a pet are considerations as well as how capable a person is. A pet is a great asset but can also be a big responsibility.

How the Affordable Care Act Affects Seniors
In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. This bill, also known simply as “The Affordable Care Act (ACA)” or “Obama- Care,” is designed to make health insurance affordable for everyone and requires most U.S. citizens and legal residents to carry health insurance.

How to Deal with Sundowning
What is Sundowning? Some people with Alzheimer’s Disease have a cluster of symptoms known as “sundowning.” Basically, sundowning is when a person’s agitation, confusion, neediness, and behavioral symptoms seem to get worse in the late afternoon when the sun is typically setting.

The Staycation - Elderly Vacation Ideas
With rising gas costs, skim finances, or mobility issues, you may find yourself staying close to home without many vacation plans. So how about considering a “staycation?”

Chronic Conditions - Becoming a Huge Problem
Cost of Chronic Illness The numbers are staggering. The United States currently spends about $1.4 trillion on all healthcare costs. Of that total, 75% of all money spent is for older people with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Obesity to name a few of the most common. And 95% of all healthcare spent on seniors is for chronic conditions.

Chocolate Can Be Good For You
In August, 2011, medical researchers at the European Society of Cardiology announced that chocolate consumption may be able to reduce the risk of heart disease by one third.

Getting Your Act Together
What does it mean to get “your act together?” I know I personally "commanded" it to myself ALL of the time. Many of us are certain that “other people” need to get their act together! And all of us usually like to appear that we have mastered life.

Simplicity During a Family Crisis – Stand Still
Family Crisis: Sociologists define a family crisis as a time when things are out of balance and potentially temporarily disorganized as the system of the family adjusts to an outside threat, challenge, or disrupting event. So, when things get crazy, what do most people do?

Yoga: All Around Great Exercise
Yoga is a relaxing exercise that many people benefit from everyday. Most people use a video where there is someone demonstrating poses, while other people take yoga classes. Either way it is still a relaxing and fun exercise.

When Caregivers and Relatives Disagree
University Park, Pa. -- Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received. A study by researchers at Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging examined a major source of those differences -- caregivers do not understand the things that are important to their relatives with dementia.

The Transition from Hospital to Home
Often adult children are thrust into the caregiving role following an unexpected health incident. A parent has a heart attack or falls and breaks a bone and suddenly needs your help like never before.

5 Tips to Keep Your Sanity as a Caregiver
Of course you know that what you are doing is “worth it.” Of course caring for your loved one brings many rewards. But some days you just feeling like your loved one is driving you nuts! As somebody who cares for a loved one, you are part of a special group of people who c ontributes more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care each year --and that’s just for Alzheimer’s care!

5 Tips for Visiting with a Person who Has Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is not just one thing. It can look very different from person to person, from one day to the next, or even at different points of the day. So, communicating and visiting with someone can be tricky.

5 Tips for Visiting with a Person with a Major Stroke-Induced Speech Disorder:
Aphasia is a common result of a left-hemisphere stroke, leaving a person unable to find words to accurately express thought. It can be mild to severe depending on the cause and extent of the damage to the brain. It can make communication quite challenging.

5 Tips for Visiting with a Person who is Dying or Critically Ill:
There is nothing more difficult than watching someone we love struggle with a devastating injury or illness. We want to offer support and be there for the person – but how do you do it gracefully or meaningfully? How do you control your own grief so as not to burden the person with your own discomfort?

Caregivers Not Taking Their Medications
Doctors and pharmacists encouraged to identify and work with caregivers to improve chronic disease management and medication adherence

Prescription Drug Abuse in Seniors Rising
Commonly when we think of “drug abuse” we imagine a young person smoking pot at a friend’s house or maybe seriously addicted heroin addicts on the street in some city. But, a recent study conducted by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has shown that of women age 60 to 64, non-medical use of prescription drugs is on a sharp rise and that 4.3 million seniors have used an illegal drug in the past year.

Researchers: Family Caregiving Can Be Stress-Filled and Isolating
Family members who provide care to relatives with dementia, but do not have formal training, frequently experience overwhelming stress that sometimes leads to breakdowns or depression, according to Penn State and Benjamin Rose Institute researchers. Interventions to alleviate this stress are not always effective, leaving caregivers isolated to deal with their stresses.

Banishing Balance Problems
By Andrew Weil, M.D. You often suggest exercises to improve balance among seniors. How common are balance problems among older people and what is the cause?

Keeping Healthy When the Economy Is Not
By Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. If you're looking for ways to save money on health care, you're not alone: One in three Americans say they've had problems paying their medical bills in the past year, a new study finds. And 18 percent of Americans said their medical bills were higher than $1,000.

5-minute Respite for overwhelmed and stressed out caregivers
By Brenda Avadian, MA The number-one tip for stressed out and overwhelmed caregivers of brain- impaired adults (e.g., Alzheimer’s) is to take a five-minute respite.

Are You Drowning in Caregiving?
by Alice Endy An area of concern that I get asked about the most is finding someone to give the caregiver a break. Most adult children fall into caregiving as a result of an incident that placed their elder in a crisis situation. After the dust settles and reality sets in often we realize that our lives have changed and this change is often not welcomed.

The Sandwich Generation and Their Parents' Tarnished Golden Years
by Rosemary Lichtman, Ph. D. & Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. Parents of Baby Boomers look toward their sixties, seventies and eighties as golden years, with the chance to enjoy the fruits of their labors. But what happens when those days become tarnished gold? What if nothing you or your parents do can restore the shine you all were expecting? This is what faces the Sandwich Generation each year when their parents are diagnosed with Alzheimer's, senile dementia or stroke.

Avoid Burnout When Caregiving An Aging Parent
by Dana Sanders When providing care to aging or disabled parents, many caregivers ignore the most important person involved in the caregiving process. "Who?" - you may ask? The answer might surprise you: The Caregiver.

Case Western Study Finds Caregivers of Spouses Might Benefit from Support Groups
by Bob DeMarco Adams suggested that caregivers might benefit from support groups that "normalize" the emotions that surface while watching the dementia of their loved ones worsen. They can also be taught caregiving and decision making skills and given "permission" to increase pleasurable activities and engage in self-care.

Planning for Healthy Aging
(ARA) - In just two short years, the first wave of baby boomers will turn 65. For some, this milestone birthday may signal retirement; for others it may not. For all boomers, it should mean an increased focus on health care. Baby boomers can take steps now to help ensure many more healthy years.

Planning for Healthy Aging
(ARA) - In just two short years, the first wave of baby boomers will turn 65. For some, this milestone birthday may signal retirement; for others it may not. For all boomers, it should mean an increased focus on health care. Baby boomers can take steps now to help ensure many more healthy years.

Avoid the 'Senior Sickness Snowball Effect' with a strong immune system
(ARA) - An emerging health trend where a relatively simple illness leads to a number of physical and lifestyle changes is impacting seniors around the country, say immune system researchers from Embria Health Sciences, co-founders of the Nourish America Senior Health Project. They've dubbed this trend the Senior Sickness Snowball Effect, which impacts the overall quality of a person's daily life and follows this recurring cycle:

Avoid the 'Senior Sickness Snowball Effect' with a strong immune system

 (ARA) - An emerging health trend where a relatively simple illness leads to a number of physical and lifestyle changes is impacting seniors around the country, say immune system researchers from Embria Health Sciences, co-founders of the Nourish America Senior Health Project. They've dubbed this trend the Senior Sickness Snowball Effect, which impacts the overall quality of a person's daily life and follows this recurring cycle:



Avoid the 'Senior Sickness Snowball Effect'
An emerging health trend where a relatively simple illness leads to a number of physical and lifestyle changes is impacting seniors around the country, say immune system researchers from Embria Health Sciences, co-founders of the Nourish America Senior Health Project. They've dubbed this trend the Senior Sickness Snowball Effect, which impacts the overall quality of a person's daily life and follows this recurring cycle.

Getting Help for a Heart Attack
If you have heart disease, you are at high risk for having a heart attack. But planning ahead so you know what to do if heart attack signs occur will help you get treatment fast—when it can save heart muscle and even your life.

Getting Help for a Heart Attack
If you have heart disease, you are at high risk for having a heart attack. But planning ahead so you know what to do if heart attack signs occur will help you get treatment fast—when it can save heart muscle and even your life .

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